Porvoo is one of only 6 medieval towns in Finland. It is first mentioned in texts from the 14th century. At one time it was the second largest town in Finland.
It is connected to the Gulf of Finland via the Porvoo a River, and this is how we arrived in town. We took a leisurely cruise on the Runeberg from Helsinki, 50 kilometres away.
Sailing into town on a gorgeous summer day was a delight.
The red coloured wooden buildings along the river were originally painted red in honour of Gustav III, king of Sweden.
Lovely restaurants line the river. We enjoyed a delicious salmon lunch at one of the waterside cafes.
The whole town is a living museum. Gorgeous wooden buildings line the cobblestone streets and laneways. The architecture is stunning.
There are some lovely shops selling all sorts of great things…and great restaurants and cafes.
The centre of the town is the pretty stone and brick cathedral. It has been burnt down several times, but is looking good today after the last restoration.
There is much to see in Porvoo. We enjoyed our day. We caught the bus back to Helsinki.
The disappearing town looked great nestled among the trees.